Iran's Ahmadinejad: No Attack on Israel
JOHN DANISZEWSKI and EDITH M. LEDERER
Tuesday September 25, 2007
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the United States is preparing for war against Iran.
``Iran will not attack any country,'' Ahmadinejad told The Associated Press. Iran has always maintained a defensive policy, not an offensive one, and has ``never sought to expand its territory,'' he said.
Asked whether he believed the U.S. is preparing for war, he responded: ``That is not how I see it ... I believe that some of the talk in this regard arises first of all from anger. Secondly, it serves the electoral purposes domestically in this country. Third, it serves as a cover for policy failures over Iraq.''
Seated in a hotel room near the United Nations, Ahmadinejad projected a soothing face during the 30-minute interview with the AP. He said that Iran's foreign policy is based on humanitarian concerns and on seeking justice.
He reiterated his call for a debate at the United Nations on world issues with President Bush.
Referring to fears of a military campaign against Iran, he said: ``We don't think you can compensate for one mistake by committing more mistakes.''
The Iranian president, in what is believed to be his first comments on a reported attack Sept.6 by Israeli bombers inside Syria, said the attack stemmed from Israeli expansionism and ``it had nothing to with Iran.''
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